The Catch


| 4/14/2009 11:18:06 AM


Tags: fishing, Little Traverse Bay, father,

A coffee with the horsesTonight, as I walked from the main cabin to the Wee House, the wind was howling.

Hard.

It sounded like a freight train, circling around our “40.”

I stopped along my spring snow trail, secured my winter hat and listened.

Closing my eyes in the dark, I relied on one of my five senses to capture the full moment.

My two canine companions also stopped.

cindy murphy
4/19/2009 10:15:06 AM

The comments got sucked the black-hole of cyberspace, I imagine....or swallowed by a really large mystery fish. The length of Hubs' mystery fish is only an estimate - it just breached once, and never got close enough for a good look to determine specific markings. Remember that line from the movie "Jaws"? "I think we're going to need a bigger boat?" Hubs' words were, "I think I'm going to need a bigger pole." His was bent in half, and the fish took out the line extremely fast, and even with the drag set, it never let up. After about twenty minutes fighting it, and almost out of line (there was only about 200 yards on the reel), he did the only thing he could do - reach for his knife and cut the line. The man from the landing office, and another man from one of the houses ran to get their cameras, but Hubs' had cut the line before any pictures were snapped. Funny thing is - he was just playing around. His favorite secluded fishing spot on the river was "taken", so he ended up at the boat landing across from a bunch of houses along the channel closer to Lake Michigan. After about twenty minutes, thirty degree temperatures, and not a bite, he decided to call it a day. He had three lines in, and got them all packed back into the truck except for this last one. When he came back to gather the last pole and the rest of his tackle, it was in its half-bent position. It reminded me of a fishing story when we were kids of about six or seven - which probably occurred somewhere up your way. My Dad was getting the tackle out of the vehicle, and while my brother and I were waiting, we were just playing around in a small stream leading into the lake. Getting impatient to get out on the lake, we whapped and dragged the tips of our little kid fishing poles through the stream. Suddenly, my brother hooked a northern pike on his unbaited line - the largest catch of the day, and my brother sti


sherry 'woodswoman'
4/18/2009 9:44:43 PM

Hi Cindy ~ I was waiting to see if the posts returned, but it appears they are gone forever. ;) I still wonder if that was a Sturgeon... Did he happen to capture a picture? I know my Dad and brother (when he was a young boy) caught twin Muskies years ago. They were featured in Outdoor Life due to the fact they were circa 23# I believe, and they caught them within minutes of each other. You mentioned it was perhaps a Northern Pike or Muskie. Sounds pretty long for one, but it could be. Pike have light markings (like peanuts) on a dark body, where Muskies are the opposite, dark peanuts on light. At any rate, it will be an exciting fish story for sure, as the mystery fish story continues to be told! Sherry


cindy murphy
4/14/2009 2:02:55 PM

Oh, Fisherwoman Sherry! How you would have loved to have been with Hubs a couple of weeks ago when he heard the Steelhead were running from Lake Michigan up the Black River here in South Haven! Uhm....because maybe you could have told him what the Monster was on the end of his line, because it certainly wasn't a Steelhead - or a salmon either, (according to him). I was going to blog about it, (week after next, maybe; I've got an Earth Day thingy coming up next week). The story is one that needs to be told, (although I've heard it fifty times already), because it's the fish tale of all fish tails, (again - according to Hubs). Again, wonderful article. Though I'm far removed from ever having the honored title of "fisherwoman", your story brought back some wonderful fishing memories with my Dad and brothers...some of which took place in Little Traverse Bay; we used to camp in that area nearly every summer. Thanks!





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